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Bruce Arians “cried” upon hearing of Vick Ballard’s injury

Vick Ballard, Tracy Porter AP

As a rookie in 2012, Colts tailback Vick Ballard played an important role for a playoff team, leading Indianapolis in rushing.

But since then, Ballard has had simply awful injury luck. A right ACL tear ended his 2013 campaign after just one game. And on Friday, Ballard suffered a left Achilles tendon tear, an injury that ends his 2014 season, coach Chuck Pagano confirmed.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who was the Colts’ offensive coordinator and interim head coach in Ballard’s rookie season, took the news of the tailback’s injury hard, telling reporters he “cried” after hearing of Ballard’s plight, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website.

Publicly, Ballard has stayed upbeat after his latest setback. On his verified Twitter page, he linked to a photo of him being carted off with the caption: “Gonna have a great story to tell one day…”

And Ballard will have no shortage of supporters as he works to get back on the field to author a happy ending to that story.

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26 Responses to “Bruce Arians “cried” upon hearing of Vick Ballard’s injury”
  1. jeffnfl says: Jul 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    Arians is a great man. Any team would be lucky to have a coach like him.

  2. buffalo12thman says: Jul 26, 2014 2:51 PM

    Remember how much I liked him coming out of MSU. Arians is right, it’s sad to see this stuff keep happening to him, hope he can make a comeback.

    HAIL STATE!

  3. cbrown386 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:52 PM

    This loss hurts. With Richardson and Bradshaw getting all of the attention, I thought Ballard was primed for a surprising season. Very, very unfortunate for the guy but he seems like he has the right attitude. He said and did all of the right things coming back from the ACL, hopefully he makes a full recovery.

  4. dickshotdogs says: Jul 26, 2014 2:52 PM

    Or a player like Ballard.

  5. dickshotdogs says: Jul 26, 2014 2:53 PM

    You know, a player with his kind of heart.

  6. draftking says: Jul 26, 2014 2:55 PM

    It’s incredibly difficult for a running back to recover from an Achilles injury (see: Ryan Williams) though I’m pulling for Ballard to beat the odds and make it happen. It won’t be easy.

  7. dacapt704 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:59 PM

    Thomas Davis (Panthers) came back to a pro bowl level after 3 ACL tears…with persistence he can come back too! Best of luck Vic

  8. kuranda84 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:00 PM

    I’m a Hawks fan, but Arians really is someone I have come to respect. Seems like a very good person that really cares about his players and team.

  9. 12444uggg says: Jul 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    I hope Ballard can show it again. That game winning dive against the Titans is Colts lore.

  10. bullcharger says: Jul 26, 2014 3:13 PM

    Sad for a player to get two season ending injuries in a row. I hope he can come back, but that will be tough now.

  11. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 26, 2014 3:27 PM

    Why would anyone hire him to coach is beyond me. He’s so old, he’ll be retired in 2-3 years.

  12. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 26, 2014 3:27 PM

    Sad deal for him. It’s too bad that his career is likely over. You can’t tear and ACL AND your achilles and not have it take some of your speed and explosiveness away.

  13. delusionalcardsfan says: Jul 26, 2014 3:35 PM

    What a crappy thing to happen to a good dude. As for Arians, I’m sure glad he’s here in the desert!

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 3:45 PM

    Arians is a great coach. Cardinals are going to the playoffs this year

  15. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 26, 2014 3:59 PM

    Dude, try to keep it together. It’s football.

  16. youngosays says: Jul 26, 2014 4:12 PM

    get well champ

  17. navigator24 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:23 PM

    Ballard is still a young kid. He’ll come back and get his 5-6 years in.

  18. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 26, 2014 5:22 PM

    i’m pretty sure your sorry jets would have hired variants he’s a great coach and helped turn around two teams. I guarantee if he was the jets coach they would have made it to the playoffs. Rex is a great defensive mind and a player’s coach but he talks to much so don’t go around talking about another coach when your team struggles to even run an offense and relies on the defense to carry them.

  19. brokebackbrees says: Jul 26, 2014 5:33 PM

    Class act coach. Unlike Seattle and New Orleans, he wins games with dignity, not cheating.

  20. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jul 26, 2014 5:55 PM

    Atlas shrugged.

  21. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 26, 2014 6:00 PM

    thevikingsarewherecareersend says:
    Jul 26, 2014 5:22 PM
    i’m pretty sure your sorry jets would have hired variants he’s a great coach and helped turn around two teams. I guarantee if he was the jets coach they would have made it to the playoffs. Rex is a great defensive mind and a player’s coach but he talks to much so don’t go around talking about another coach when your team struggles to even run an offense and relies on the defense to carry them.
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    Waste of oxygen.

  22. bostonbadass says: Jul 26, 2014 6:02 PM

    Let’s see a little bad luck & the morons will say he’s injury prone just like how they labeled Gronk with his bad luck….

    Anyway I wish this kid nothing but a strong & healthy Return to the Field. ..

  23. texansfalcons says: Jul 26, 2014 9:31 PM

    Get well Ballard! And Arians seems like a genuine and caring coach.

  24. jdphx says: Jul 26, 2014 11:11 PM

    You’ll still have your time Vick…. Hang tough!

  25. hansenbrothers says: Jul 27, 2014 7:28 AM

    Not a lotta guys come back from that

  26. hansenbrothers says: Jul 27, 2014 7:50 AM

    Not a lot of guys come back from that

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